Wednesday’s Words – Wandering in Dallas Edition

During the conference I attended, rather than find a place in the crowded back half of the Expo or stand in line for the cafeteria/Starbucks fare – in a pursuit to feed the body – I wandered a few blocks down to feed the soul.

Dallas Public Library by Tommia Wright

Dallas Public Library by Tommia Wright

The Dallas Public Library!

DPL Cornerstone by Tommia Wright

DPL Cornerstone by Tommia Wright

When wandering into an unknown city, the cornerstone of sanity is either the bookstores (preferably independent ones) or the library. The Dallas Public Library had eight floors.

Second Story by Tommia Wright

Second Story by Tommia Wright

The beauty of the second floor, with its colorful art over the stairs, was the rule ‘no adults* present unless accompanied by a child.’ (Exceptions were made for librarians, teachers and out-of-towners.) A wall covered in blackboard paint allowed for free expression, along with everything geared towards and designed specifically for children. Loved it!

Records by Tommia Wright

Records by Tommia Wright

Another floor allowed for listening stations – capable of playing vinyl records, cassettes, cds and more. From record pressings of the earliest companies to local composers, the wealth of treasures to the ear was matches with the other half of the floor’s dedication to art.

Small Worlds by Tommia Wright

Small Worlds by Tommia Wright

Globes and maps galore helped researchers pinpoint locations mentioned in journals, biographies, etc. From settlers, founders and trailblazers to contemporary figures – Dallas had many a story to tell.

A small piece of literary history through these gates, a look at one of the early copies of Shakespeare’s works – one of many treasures on the seventh floor.

Shakespeare's Room by Tommia Wright

Shakespeare’s Room by Tommia Wright

Shakespeare's Room, Too by Tommia Wright

Shakespeare’s Room, Too by Tommia Wright

Shakespeare's Folio by Tommia Wright

Shakespeare’s Folio by Tommia Wright

And a chance to see this without having to go to the east coast:

Declaration of Independence at DPL by Tommia Wright

Declaration of Independence at DPL by Tommia Wright

This detour was worth it and sure to be repeated in any other city I visit.

When was the last time you allowed yourself to be lost in the library?

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5 Responses to Wednesday’s Words – Wandering in Dallas Edition

  1. Eight floors? I guess I’m used to the (very few) suburban libraries I’ve seen…which have been years and years ago. I should haunt big city libraries.

    • tommiaw says:

      Big city libraries are fun – especially if you get to the main branch. What’s fun about most neighborhood branches is the definite local flavor each one has. (Thinking back to Denver, given the locale of one branch, one floor was half-Russian, half-Spanish in terms of materials and staff support.)

  2. So impressive! You are indeed fortunate to have seen that. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Deborah Owen says:

    I can’t imagine a place like that. Awesome. Deb http://www.CreativeWritingInstitute.com

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